Eating Insects: the New Frontier of Sustainability

52a6bf87bf710958b26f7ca7c2f80077The news is spreading about a future use of insects for human consumption and in agriculture. 9 billion people are expected to live on the earth in 2050, and climate change is forcing us to rethink the ways we eat and produce our food. But are we ready for that?
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Plastic Pollution: a Huge risk for the Environment and Human Health

dcabe551cf64ee30e3a9efe54763da5fPlastic is literally omnipresent in our lives today, so much that we could refer to us as the plastic generation. But this material that supported innovation, has two big downsides. Plastic is piling up in the world’s oceans, where five ‘plastic islands’ have been identified. The Pacific Trash Vortex, may be as big as Europe. Also, plastic release micro-particles that dispersed in the water, contaminate fish, entering in the human food chain. Continue reading

Automatic Behavioural Responses: Why we Overeat

ego depletionEating decisions are influenced by a variety of factors that are both internal (that is, unconscious behaviours) and external, which can all lead us to increased caloric consumption and poor dietary choices. This has implications for everybody, and support the view, that it is not always the willpower or ourselves to blame. Continue reading

Eating junk, getting sick: a look on new interventions to solve the issue

The connection between processed food and chronic disease; the rise in the costs of national healthcare systems; the necessity to revise our lifestyle and habits. Several streams of scientific research offer new insights on one of the most primordial human affairs: the relation between people and food. Continue reading

WHO vs. European Food Safety Authority: Battle on the Risks of Glyphosate

monsanto-roundupGlyphosate is one of the most commonly used herbicides in the world, and its residues are increasingly found in food and the environment. WHO stated that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic“. The European Food Safety Authority responded it is “unlikely” to be carcinogenic. A story of missing data, disputes among institutions and scientists, and mostly trade secrets. Continue reading

Our Daily Food Poison

our-daily-poison-4-750x345.jpgThe science behind the use of pesticides, and the safety of consuming traces of them, has been largely produced by groups that have major conflicts of interests. In the book “Our Daily Poison” Marie-Monique Robin investigate the dangerous chemicals into everyday food products and the system in charge of the regulation. Continue reading

Industrial Agriculture: an Environmental Catastrophe

In the past decades, the food system has become one of the principal determinants behind climate change, because of the massive use of natural resources (i.e. water, land, forest), the dependence on fuel-based energy, and the emission of enormous quantities of pollutants into the atmosphere. Modern agricultural food production is genuinely an industrial model, oriented to a large-scale food production, requiring an indiscriminate use of natural resources, and where commodities are traded at the international level. The results are high rates of pollution, erosion of land, scarcity of resources, pollution of waters and loss of biodiversity. Continue reading